Welcome to un(t)raveling the mind!

Well hello there! You’re the first people who wandered into my blog!
I’m very curious which magic way led you to this moment…

But first: welcome, welcome to the next chapter of my life!
I am Renate, 22 years old and living in Belgium (some people refer to it as a city but it really is a country! A tiny one, that’s true). I am currently finishing my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and just ended my internship in a special youth care facility. This means that in a few months, I’ll officially be a psychologist! This also means I have some big decisions ahead and I have no idea what I’m going to do or where I am going to end up. The only thing I know is that I love two things: the human mind and traveling. Okay no, it would be quite sad to only love two things. Maybe writing too. And music. And food, lots of food. And staying up with random people, talking about the meaning of life and suddenly realizing it’s morning. And stars. And nature. And singing along with very bad songs. But mostly the first two. So I figured; what better way than to combine my two passions into a blog?!

Why do some people feel the need to explore while others are perfectly fine at home?

Whoah yes, another blog! Psychology and travel? I can hear you wondering; “okay, fine… but how do those two things go together?” If you just stop for a second and think about it, you’ll realize our minds are extremely involved in our travel behaviors!

Why do we travel? Why do some people feel the need to explore while others are perfectly fine at home? Why does traveling make some of us feel more alive, more free? Why do we choose to leave our safe and stable nests to explore new and not always so comfortable grounds? Are we running away from ourselves or maybe just getting closer to who we really are? Are there different types of travelers? Do we change while traveling and how come? 

As a psychology student I started wondering what the reasons were behind my constant drive to not settle down and explore the world. Through a combination of research, personal experiences and discussions with fellow travelers, I’ll try to find an answer to these questions and form them into a blogpost. Of course, it wouldn’t be a travel blog if I didn’t share my own adventures with pictures and stories of the places I wander to.

Do we change while traveling and how come? What makes people decide to study abroad and does this have an impact on their lives?

I really hope you guys (the very few of you) got curious and will enjoy the content I put up here. To be honest, I’m extremely nervous and excited at the same time! After all, those emotions are physiologically very much alike. How I feel mostly depends on the assumptions I make about the future and basically the meaning I give to the heightened arousal. And right now, I have no idea what this adventure is going to bring. Tolkien clearly wasn’t thinking about me (how could he, he died before I was born) when he wrote: “Not all those who wander are lost.”

I’m very eager to hear your feedback so don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

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